November 2, 2009

For The Love of Hand-Me-Downs...

Hope everyone had a lovely Halloween weekend!

Over the weekend, I acquired some fun vintage finds I want to share with you.

The circumstances are unfortunate. My grandmother has reached the point where she would rather live in a retirement community than remain in her own home alone. As a result, she gave me the freedom to go through her cupboards and take what I like. There's not much in my grandmother's house that has ever caught my eye, except for this dresser (which now stands in my house)...

...but it's amazing what you can find when someone has lived in a house for over 50 years.

Here are some of the treasures I took home:

My grandfather's old bow ties / my grandmother's aprons (I remember her wearing these when I was young)...


An old candy dish / kitchen canisters...


Two vintage clocks / my grandfather's old coffee mugs...


A set of highball glasses / an old sewing box...


Great vintage fabric (it's so hard to find good fabric these days!) / an old Austrian ceramic cup...


A great vintage serving platter / a super 80's-fabulous German sweater knitting manual (you should see the pictures inside!).


Over the years, my grandmother gave away her best treasures, but I feel lucky that a few remain for me to hold on to and display in my home.

I would love to see what each of you have been given by your own grandmothers! It doesn't get any better than treasures with stories.

Cheers!